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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Polish Opera Posters are the complete best!
    Wow. Thanks Nat.
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    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    The headline is a little misleading. For those who don't read German, what JK actually doesn't like are heavily politicized interpretations of operas other than contemporary works in which composer/librettist intend to deal with current political topics. He feels that when a director imposes too much of a present-day political slant or message on these older works, it robs them of their magic. If one does include such messaging, it has to be done with a very fine touch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    The headline is a little misleading. For those who don't read German, what JK actually doesn't like are heavily politicized interpretations of operas other than contemporary works in which composer/librettist intend to deal with current political topics. He feels that when a director imposes too much of a present-day political slant or message on these older works, it robs them of their magic. If one does include such messaging, it has to be done with a very fine touch.
    Thanks Mary. I knew we could rely on you to provide a less sensational translation! Interesting all the same as I don't think there's a singer today who has more influence than Kaufmann.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    The headline is a little misleading. For those who don't read German, what JK actually doesn't like are heavily politicized interpretations of operas other than contemporary works in which composer/librettist intend to deal with current political topics. He feels that when a director imposes too much of a present-day political slant or message on these older works, it robs them of their magic. If one does include such messaging, it has to be done with a very fine touch.

    Herr K is spot on
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Beautiful singing for a lady of any age.

    http://www.classicfm.com/composers/v...y-sings-verdi/
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    The cover for the programme for the 2016 Glyndebourne Festival is causing some comment.



    A very new broom.

    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    The cover for the programme for the 2016 Glyndebourne Festival is causing some comment.



    A very new broom.

    Ha, hilarious, I love it!
    Natalie

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    This week Sebastian Schwarz is blogging for the Financial Times.

    Day 1
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    This week Sebastian Schwarz is blogging for the Financial Times.

    Day 1
    Would he like to swap bodies with me?
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Would he like to swap bodies with me?
    I think I'm in love. The fact that I'm old enough to be Sebastian Schwarz's mother and he's gay is immaterial. Not only does he keep bees but he has an electric car with the Glyndebourne logo on the side.
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    [QUOTE=sospiro;55099]I think I'm in love. The fact that I'm old enough to be Sebastian Schwarz's mother and he's gay is immaterial. Not only does he keep bees but he has an electric car with the Glyndebourne logo on the side.[/QUOT

    Older ... emmm ... I meant MATURE ladies need a bit of excitement now and again. I'm told it keeps 'em ... perky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    Older ... emmm ... I meant MATURE ladies need a bit of excitement now and again. I'm told it keeps 'em ... perky.
    Indeed but I doubt I'd get it with a 40 year old gay guy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Indeed but I doubt I'd get it with a 40 year old gay guy.
    Nor would I ...

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    Don't know how we could have forgotten about La Bellissima's debut as Elsa this month in Dresden. So far, I could only find some news reports in German (though one can hear clips from the performance and fragments of her English comments before they're voiced over in German). Looks like it's a basically traditional production. In any case, we can hope that a video recording will be made for commercial release.



    And on the Staatsoper's web site, you can click through a series of photos from the staging:
    https://www.semperoper.de/en/whats-o...6.html#a_23794

    While I was snooping around YouTube, I also stumbled on this clip from an outdoor concert at the Bavarian State Opera last summer that featured Anna and der Jonas. Here they're singing "Tonight" from West Side Story, with a little help from some friends that include Thomas Hampson:



    If Sony wanted to make a new recording of this musical with Netrebko and Kaufmann in the leads, I'd buy a copy pronto.

    I'll post a link to an English-language review of the Dresden Lohengrin as soon as I can find one. Come to think of it, I didn't see any German-language reviews at this point, either.

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